Monday, December 9, 2013

#28 - American Saison Tasting

While this beer was intended to be a summer drinker, and most of it disappeared in August, there's still a few hanging around for a tasting.  I will likely use several of the elements of this beer: Wyeast 3724 yeast, ginger and Amarillo hops, in future beers even if not all together again.

A- light cloudy gold, much lighter in color than the picture. A touch darker than the average hefeweizen. The large "belgian" head pops way out of the glass and fades slowly to a small lump with spots of lace.  The beer was poured very slowly as it was a bit over carbonated.

S- tropical fruit (papaya and mango), citrus (lemongrass, lemon) and spice (black pepper) aromas. The ginger is noticeable also but seems to blend well with the other characters to the point it's hard to pick out what is from the yeast/ginger/hops.

T- up front the flavor mirrors the aroma with increased lemongrass and ginger character. On the backed is a mild bite which seems to be both a combination of moderate bitterness and carbonation.

M- medium in body with extremely high carbonation.  I definitely won't be buying the carbonation caps again and will just aim for lower levels by adding less sugar.

O- a nice summery beer but I'd like to see some of the components on their own and with less carbonation. All in all it comes off similar to Boulevard's Tank 7 though I wouldn't call it a clone. A good beer that makes me want to make another saison soon.

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